Is This a Joke?
I hear this way too much. That statement is what one past client said to me after they had another inspector do their inspection when they bought the home. The frustration was still in their voice even 2 years later, when describing how much the inspector had missed and how he was there only 2 hours.
This is just one of many dozens and dozens of comments I hear people tell me about their home inspection “ordeal”. The one that I have heard the most is, “I’ll never hire him again; he missed so much”. Or, “He was there only 1 or 2 hours, etc.” Occasionally I do hear people say they were happy with their home inspector, and that’s the way it should be.
When it comes to buying or selling, find a reputable Realtor, and there are many conscientious ones out there, and then do your own research when it comes to hiring your own home inspector.
All licensed home inspectors do not inspect equally.
Education, ethics, integrity, and honesty are keys you look for in an inspector. However, no degree, certification, license or other credential will guarantee someone's performance, credibility, or integrity. It is always up to the consumer to qualify one's true abilities and performance. Do you want to hire a doctor who just got through medical school with the minimum, or the one who excelled and had a passion for being the best? After all, you are making a huge investment in purchasing a home-YOUR HOME-are you going to purchase a home inspector for the minimum standards and cheapest price? Based on my experience of 20 years of remodeling, I can spot areas that are a failure in progress and show you maintenance tips where, for example, $4.00 of caulking can save you thousands of dollars a few years down the road. Most all problems in a home start out small and insignificant and then manifest themselves. This is one reason why my inspections take longer.
Buyers are pleasantly surprised when I tell them I spend about 3 to 7 hours on their home inspection. It depends on the size and age of the home. But the biggest factor is how well the home has been maintained and repaired. This is the part that I have no clue about until I get into the inspection.
If maintenance isn’t done then it turns into repairs.
If repairs aren’t done then it turns into replacements.
I sometimes get criticized by sellers and Realtors for taking 5 hours or more, but I have never had a buyer say: “Why is it taking so long?” or, “When are you going to be finished?” The ironic part is some of those sellers and Realtors have later called me for their inspection when they are on the buying end! That is where my hard work pays off!! Home inspections are hard work.
There is an added advantage and convenience that sellers often overlook. Most of my clients have me do all of the environmental inspections too, while I’m there doing the home inspection.
(By the way, none of the environmental inspections are
part of the State Licensed Home Inspection Program)
By having me do the septic, well/pump, pests, radon, mold, and drinking water, I can get it all done in one day. This saves the seller from trying to manage 5 different people coming in on 2 or 3 different days. Trying to figure out how and who to pay and when to pay them. Buying, selling, and having the inspections done can be stressful, but when it can be done all in one day, by one company, it makes life easier for all.
Indiana State Licensed Home Inspector:
Full Time Inspector